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Bugsy is a character study of mobster Benjamin "Bugsy" Siegel wrapped up in a gangster movie. Siegel (Warren Beatty in a flashy performance) arrives in California in the Forties, assigned to oversee the L.A. rackets. He is quickly seduced by both the glamour of Hollywood and actress Virginia Hill (Annette Bening), whom he romances despite being unable to leave his wife and children. Siegel soon has a vision to transform a barren stretch of Nevada desert into an oasis of gambling and entertainment -- the seeds from which Las Vegas was sown. Funded by his gangster bosses, including Meyer Lansky (Ben Kingsley), the flamboyant Siegel sees his budget soar past its original $6 million, a problem compounded by the fact that Virginia has embezzled $2 million of it. In trouble with his superiors, Siegel flies back to L.A. to face the music, telling Virginia to keep the money. He would not live to see his dream of Las Vegas come true. The film is fast-paced and well-directed by Barry Levinson, with an intelligent script by James Toback and excellent support from Kingsley and Harvey Keitel as gangster Mickey Cohen. ~ Don Kaye, Rovi

  • Release date:December 13, 1991

Awards

Awarded by
Nominee
Category
Year
Status
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Nancy Haigh Best Art Direction 1991 Winner
National Board of Review Warren Beatty Best Actor 1991 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Warren Beatty Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Actor 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Warren Beatty Best Picture 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Albert Wolsky Best Costume Design 1991 Winner
American Society of Cinematographers Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1991 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Allen Daviau Best Cinematography 1991 Nominee
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Annette Bening Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ben Kingsley Best Supporting Actor 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Ennio Morricone Best Score 1991 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association James Toback Best Screenplay 1990 Winner
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences James Toback Best Original Screenplay 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Harvey Keitel Best Supporting Actor 1991 Nominee
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Barry Levinson Best Director 1990 Winner
Hollywood Foreign Press Association Barry Levinson Best Director 1991 Nominee
Directors Guild of America Barry Levinson Best Director 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barry Levinson Best Director 1991 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Barry Levinson Best Picture 1991 Nominee
Berlin International Film Festival Barry Levinson In Competition 1992 Nominee
Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Dennis Gassner Best Art Direction 1991 Winner

Cast

Warren Beatty
as Bugsy Siegel
Annette Bening
as Virginia Hill
Harvey Keitel
as Mickey Cohen
Ben Kingsley
as Meyer Lansky
Elliott Gould
as Harry Greenberg
Joe Mantegna
as George Raft
Bebe Neuwirth
as Countess di Frasso
Wendy Phillips
as Esta Siegel
Richard Sarafian
as Jack Dragna
Lewis van Bergen
as Joey Adonis
Bill Graham
as Charlie Luciano
Andy Romano
as Del Webb
Robert Beltran
as Alejandro
Gian-Carlo Scandiuzzi
as Count di Frasso
Stefanie Mason
as Millicent Siegel
Kimberly McCullough
as Barbara Siegel
James Toback
as Gus Greenbaum
Robert Glaudini
as Dominic
Hal Melia
as Ciro's Singer
Anthony Russell
as Jerry the Bookie
Wendie Malick
as Woman on Train
Jamie Angell
as Courthouse Guard
Joe Baker
as Lawrence Tibbett
Joseph Spallina Roman
as Moe Sedway
John Moskoff
as Sulka's Salesman
Bryan Smith
as Chick Hill
Bruce Morrow
as District Attorney McWilde
Carmine Caridi
as Frank Costello
Cathleen Crone
as Ciro's Singer
Albina Boccicchio
as Ciro's Singer
Clive Rosengren
as Dep. District Attorney
Debrah Farentino
as Girl in Elevator
DeVera Marcus
as Fan at Train Station
Don Calfa
as Louie Dragna
Don Carrara
as Vito Genovese
Ellen Chenoweth
Eric Christmas
as Ronald the Butler
Fred Lehto
as Ciro's Singer
Gary McGurk
as Tony the Waiter
Susan Rumor
as Ciro's Singer
Tommy Townsend
as Federal Marshall
Traci Lind
as Natalie St. Clair
Julie Christensen
as Ciro's Singer
Kal David
as Ciro's Singer
Ksenia Prohaska
as Marlene Dietrich
Lloyd Baskin
as Ciro's Singer
Michael Sollenberger
as Bond Rally Speaker
Paul Roache
as Taxi Driver
Peter Giuliano
as "Manpower" Assistant Director
Austin Kelly
as "Manpower" Maitre D'
Ralph Tabakin
as Elevator Operator
Ray McKinnon
as David Hinton

Crew

Barry Levinson
Director
Barry Levinson
Producer
Warren Beatty
Producer
James Toback
Screenwriter
Dean Jennings
Book Author
Allen Daviau
Cinematographer
Ennio Morricone
Composer (Music Score)
Stu Linder
Editor
Dennis Gassner
Production Designer
Leslie McDonald
Art Director
Charles James Newirth
Co-producer
Nancy Haigh
Set Designer
Lawrence Hubbs
Set Designer
Albert Wolsky
Costume Designer
Willie D. Burton
Sound/Sound Designer
Marvin Gardner
Special Effects
Billy Burton
Stunts
Dennis Scott
Stunts
Ellen Chenoweth
Casting
Charles James Newirth
Production Manager
Matthew Mungle
Makeup
Rob Bottin
Makeup Special Effects
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